Dates with Death

An Interview Series Conducted by Kristof K.P. Vanhoutte

Death has become a taboo in the West, almost completely banished from our lives. But meditating upon death, at least according to Cicero, is the quintessential task of philosophy, and it is this task that PICT core faculty member Kristof K.P. Vanhoutte takes up in Dates With Death.

Dates With Death hopes to make the topic of death less distant: today, it seems we are solely terrified by it, with no decent way to talk about it anymore. Dates With Death hopes to put death in historical context: different cultures have dealt with it in different ways at different times, and there might be something to learn from that. Finally, Dates With Death hopes to show exactly what our (not) dealing with death reveals about our own culture and society, from the way we assign our genders to the way we plan our cities.